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It’s an honour to be able to help in such a dire situation... it means everything I went through wasn’t in vain.

Amy, Blood Buddies volunteer
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Living Well

Living with blood cancer or a related blood disorder often creates complex practical and emotional issues for the person and those around them.

It is important to remember that these days, many people can be cured of their cancer. For others, treatment can control their disease and they can remain well for a long time. This section of our website is here to help people who have been diagnosed, as well as those around them, to cope during this difficult time.

At Diagnosis

A diagnosis of cancer is often devastating, both for the person who receives the diagnosis and those around them. At this time people naturally fear for their own lives or that of the person they love.

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After Diagnosis

From telling family to looking after yourself, we have helpful information for life after diagnosis.

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Young Adults with a Blood Cancer

Let’s face it, being told you have cancer at any time isn’t exactly great but at your age it can come as a hefty shock, to say the least.

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Children with a Blood Cancer

Hearing that your child has been diagnosed with leukaemia or lymphoma is an extremely distressing experience and one that can trigger a whole range of intense emotional responses ranging from denial to devastation.

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It is important to remember that everyone copes with stressful situations differently, especially where grief or fear are involved.

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Depression and Anxiety

Living with a blood cancer can be very stressful and some people become anxious and/or depressed.

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Life After Treatment

Significant advances in the treatment of blood cancers mean that increasing numbers of people are being cured of their disease. Many others are experiencing long periods where their disease is under control and they are free to 'get on' with their lives. Survival however, brings with it its own challenges and opportunities.

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Spirituality is at the very core of our nature as human beings and encompasses many things - a quest for deeper meaning, a sense of wider belonging, a need for wholeness and completeness, and interaction with our fellow human beings, our community and the world at large.

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Finances and Insurance

Families can sometimes find themselves in crippling financial circumstances if a loved one who has been diagnosed with blood cancer, and/or their carer, is also a major breadwinner. Read in this section about the possibility in some cases of accessing insurance and superannuation early to provide some financial relief. Centrelink benefits may also be available to help.

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Palliative Care

Palliative care (or Supportive Care) is given to people to relieve the symptoms of their disease.

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Grief and Loss

A diagnosis of blood cancer poses many challenges both for the person diagnosed and their loved ones. Many adjustments have to be made as people are faced with unplanned changes and upheavals in their lives.

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